Peugeot takes pole for Petit Le Mans

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Nicolas Minassian has claimed the LMP class pole position for tomorrows Petit Le Mans. Sister car, piloted by Franck Montagny, claims the front row as well when he qualified only .223 back from Minassian.

The Audi’s of Dindo Capello and Lucas Luhr qualified 3rd and 4th respectively. What must be concerning is the -1.263 and -1.291 seconds back. Depending on fuel load and strategy, it remains to be seen on how the Audi’s will fare against the Peugeot’s but fans here suspect that not a lot has changed since June. Audi has a history here and I am not prepared to rule anything out as 1000km is a long way.

In the LMP2 class, Marino Franchitti takes a well deserved pole position followed by Klaus Graf’s Porsche Spyder and Adrian Fernandez’s Acura.

1. Nicolas Minassian, England; Pedro Lamy, Lisbon Portugal; Peugeot 908 HDI FAP (P1), 1:06.937, 136.606
2. Franck Montagny, Brignoles France; Stephane Sarrazin, France; Peugeot 908 HDI FAP (P1), 1:07.160, 136.152
3. Rinaldo Capello, Italy; Allan McNish, Scotland; Audi R15 TDI (P1), 1:08.200, 134.076
4. Lucas Luhr, Germany; Marco Werner, Germany; Audi R15 TDI (P1), 1:08.228, 134.021
5. Gil de Ferran, Brazil; Simon Pagenaud, France; Scott Dixon, New Zealand; Acura ARX-02a (P1), 1:08.348, 133.786
6. Romain Dumas, France; Olivier Panis, France; Nicolas Lapierre, France; Oreca 01 AIM (P1), 1:09.566, 131.444
7. Jon Field, Dublin, OH; Clint Field, Dublin, OH; Lola B06/10 AER (P1), 1:09.685, 131.219
8. Marino Franchitti, Scotland; Butch Leitzinger, State College, PA; Lola B09 86 Mazda (P2), 1:10.152, 130.346
9. Paul Drayson, London, UK; Jonny Cocker, UK; Robert Bell, UK; Lola B09 60 Judd (P1), 1:10.552, 129.607
10. Greg Pickett, Alamo, CA; Klaus Graf, Germany; Sascha Maassen, Germany; Porsche RS Spyder (P2), 1:11.405, 128.058
11. Luis Diaz, Mexico; Adrian Fernandez, Mexico; Acura ARX-01B (P2), 1:11.758, 127.428
12. Tony Burgess, Canada; Chris McMurry, Phoenix, AZ; Bryan Willman, Kirkland, WA; Lola B06/10 AER (P1), 1:12.676, 125.819
13. David Murry, Cumming, GA; David Robertson, Ray, MI; Andrea Robertson, Ray, MI; Doran Ford GT MK 7 (GT2), 1:20.819, 113.142
14. Lou Gigliotti, Dallas, TX; Tomy Drissi, Hollywood, CA; Matt Bell, Los Altos, CA; Chevrolet Riley Corvette C6 (GT2), 1:20.877, 113.061
15. Oliver Gavin, England; Olivier Beretta, Monaco; Marcel Fassler, Switzerland; Corvette C6.R (GT2), 1:20.912, 113.012
16. Tom Milner, Leesburg, VA; Dirk Mueller, Germany; Jorg Muller, Germany; BMW E92 M3 (GT2), 1:20.981, 112.915
17. Bill Auberlen, Hermosa Beach, CA; Joey Hand, Sacramento, CA; Andy Priaulx, Germany; BMW E92 M3 (GT2), 1:21.219, 112.584
18. Patrick Long, Oak Park, CA; Jorg Bergmeister, Germany; Marc Lieb, Germany; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), 1:21.299, 112.474
19. Johnny O`Connell, Flowery Branch, GA; Jan Magnussen, Denmark; Antonio Garcia, Spain; Corvette C6.R (GT2), 1:21.491, 112.209
20. Ian James, England; Dominik Farnbacher, Germany; Panoz Esperante GTLM Ford (GT2), 1:21.648, 111.993
21. Dirk Werner, Germany; Wolf Henzler, Germany; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), 1:21.760, 111.840
22. Jaime Melo, Brazil; Pierre Kaffer, Germany; Mika Salo, Finland; Ferrari F430 GT (GT2), 1:22.718, 110.544
23. Bryan Sellers, Centerville, OH; Dominic Cicero, Portland, OR; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), 1:23.081, 110.061
24. Chris Hall, Daytona, FL; Joel Feinberg, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Dodge Viper Comp Coupe (GT2), 1:23.121, 110.008
25. Darren Law, Phoenix, AZ; Johannes van Overbeek, San Francisco, CA; Seth Neiman, Burlingame, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), 1:25.601, 106.821
26. Scott Sharp, Jupiter, FL; David Brabham, Australia; Dario Franchitti, Scotland; Acura ARX-02a (P1), No Time,
27. Hideki Noda, Japan; Jose Manuel Balbiani, Argentina; Dion von Moltke, Coral Gables, FL; Radical SR9/AER (P1), No Time,
28. Chris Dyson, Pleasant Valley, NY; Guy Smith, England; Lola B09 86 Mazda (P2*), Not Eligib,
29. Adam Pecorari, Aston, PA; Gunnar Van der Steur, Chesapeake City, MD; Robbie Pecorari, Aston, PA; Radical SR9 AER (P2), No Time.

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